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Study: Schools Teach Abstinence, Not Contraception

Teens learn about the birds and the bees in high school sex ed — but they’re not, apparently, learning about birth control. A report from the Centers for Disease Control found that 97 percent of teens received sex education by the time they turned 18, but an alarming 30 percent of teens said that contraception education wasn’t a part of their sex ed curriculum. Keep reading »

Hey Girls! Use A Condom, Because Men Are Total Jerks!


Hey, you know how parents and teachers and other, you know, boring adults can get teenagers — particularly teenage girls — to use condoms and other forms of protection if they’re going to have sex? By talking to them in language they understand, of course! For the folks of SexReally.com, that means using crude words like “titties,” swearing a lot, and stereotyping eww-gross-boys as total jerks. No, seriously, “jerks” is the term this safe sex PSA — which debuted at the Sex:Tech conference this weekend — uses to describe men/boys, as a way of encouraging teenage girls to wrap it up. After all, the 16-year-old boy you’re boning probably is a total a-hole, and who wants to have an a-hole’s baby? Sure, it’s nice to not be stereotyping women and girls for once, but how is portraying men in general as skeezy, perverted douchebags the best way to send a safe sex message? If all men were as revolting as the guys in the PSA above, I would think we would be encouraging women to go lesbian, amiright? [Broadsheet] Keep reading »

Quiz Results: I Know More About The P Than I Do The V

Last night, my friend Lauren sent me a link to a quiz on Women’s Health‘s website called “Are You A Penis Expert?” While watching “American Idol” I took the quiz — though I assumed I, duh, was — and was mildly pleased to get six out of nine correct. Not too shabby! Then today I saw that Women’s Health also has a “What’s Your Vagina IQ?” test and thought, Surely I will excel at this one! I am my lady flower’s BFF! I got seven out of 13 correct. According to my calculator (because I forgot how to do division), that means I got 54 percent on the vagina quiz and 67 percent on the penis quiz. I know more about the P than I do the V. As a woman, I am sort of embarrassed. In my defense, the questions on the V quiz were a little trickier, what with some of the questions being about the vulva not the vagina and I failed to think about the distinction. Anyway, I learned some useful things. Did you know that most gynos recommend going commando over wearing undies, unless your clothing is irritating? Take the quizzes and lemme know how you stack up! ["What's Your Vagina IQ?" and "Are You A Penis Expert?"] Keep reading »

Girl Talk: Cosmopolitan Was The Best And Worst Thing to Happen To My Sex Life

I’m of the last generation to learn about sex without the help of the internet. While I was spared the misinformation my pre-teen mind would’ve encountered in her furtive Google searches, I also missed out on the comprehensive dialogue that today’s young people can access. Which might not be so bad, if I’d had access to any other trustworthy way to learn about sexuality. Keep reading »

Why Do We Need Sex Education Again?

Babies having babies having babies having babies having babies and so on and so on and so on! [via BuzzFeed] Keep reading »

Most Parents Suck At Talking About The Birds And The Bees

Maybe you have kids and are already dreading having to talk to them about sex. Or maybe you’re still trying to recover from that super uncomfortable conversation with your own parents. Seriously, is there any way the experience cannot be traumatic for all parties involved? A new study proves what we always knew about our parents; they suck at talking about the birds and bees. The sad stats say that more than 40 percent of teens surveyed in the study had already started doing it before their sheepish parents broached the issue. Forty-two percent of girls reported that they had not discussed birth control and 40 percent admitted they had not talked with their parents about how to refuse sex. And about 70 percent of boys said they had not discussed how to use a condom. OK, that’s scary bad. No wonder teen pregnancies and STDs are increasing at an alarming rate. [Time]

After the jump, some ladies share their “sex talk stories.” Here’s hoping that we can do a waaay better job than our parents. Keep reading »

New HIV Awareness Campaign Hits Home

This new AIDS Awareness campaign from One Life finally uses sex to sell an effective message — when you sleep with him, you’re sleeping with everyone in his past. Click on over to Trendhunter to see a few more graphic images — including a woman giving a blowjob to a handgun. One more image, after the jump… Keep reading »

Where Opera Meets Contraception


The Contraception Opera, “starring sperm and egg,” combines two of my favorite things — sex education and interpretive dance! Genius. [via BuzzFeed] Keep reading »

Vintage Sex Ed: Caught In The Act

It’s hard to believe it’s been over 20 years since I suffered through awkward sex-ed videos of swimming, talking sperm and dancing ovaries in junior high. Feeling a little nostalgic, I did a search for “vintage sex ed” on YouTube this morning and found this gem from the ’70s. Poor Ricky! Not only does his mom walk in on him at the most inopportune time, she proceeds to ruin any chance he might have to “feel good” in the future. Then again, as her voice plays back at the end, it’s hard not to wonder if maybe she didn’t just give him more fodder for the job… Keep reading »

“Condom Worshippers” Rejoice!

Federal funding for abstinence-only education was stripped from the budget in the House subcommittee, and the Christian News Wire isn’t too happy about this. According to them, “There is evidence that abstinence education is an effective primary prevention strategy.” It’s just, um, nowhere to be found. When Congress ordered a study in 2007 on abstinence-only ed, it was (shockingly!) revealed that “students who participated in sexual abstinence programs were just as likely to have sex as those who did not.” The study also found that these students were just as likely to use contraception when they did have sex as those who did not participate. Keep reading »

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